How To Hang Your Curtains

How to hang your loop top or eyelet curtains

You will need: 

  • Curtain Pole & Wall Brackets 
  • Secret Linen Store loop top or eyelet curtains 

These curtains are so easy to hang, they almost do it themselves. 

  1. Give your curtains a quick iron on a cool temperature before hanging.  

  2. Lay your curtain panels on the floor or bed and thread your pole through the loop at the top of each curtain (making sure that they’re facing the right way with the label at the back!). 

  3. Place the pole back up on the brackets, and... tadah, you’re done.  

  4. You might want to pop a steamer back over your curtains, but otherwise any unwanted creases should fall out over a couple of days.  

  5. Sit down with a cuppa and admire your lovely new curtains. 

How to hang pencil pleat curtains

We've made our pencil pleat curtains with a standard heading tape, stitched across the top. Our heading tape gives you three positions to place your hooks - you simply slide your hooks into the level that works best for you. Each curtain comes with three strings either side, these will be used to gather your curtains and pull your pleats into place.

You will need:

  • Curtain Pole & Wall Brackets (or a curtain track if using)
  • Curtain Hooks
  • Curtain Rings (not necessary for a curtain track)
  • Secret Linen Store pencil pleat curtains

Here are a few steps for getting the perfect hang on your pencil pleat curtains.

  1. Check over your curtains to see if they need to be ironed. If you feel they need an iron this will need to be done before hanging them and you’ll need to make sure you only iron the front feature fabric and NOT the lining fabric as the heat may damage this.  Most creases will fall out in time so ironing is not essential. 

  2. Next you’ll want to gather your curtains to fit your pole or track.  Measure your pole and divide the measurement by two so that you know how wide each curtain needs to be. 

  3. Take one of the curtain panels and pull at the strings on one end gently gathering your curtain until it’s roughly the same width as half your curtain pole or track.   

  4. Knot your strings together with a knot that you know you'll be able to undo if you want to adjust them in the future.   

  5. Gently tease your gather so that the pleats are all distributed evenly across the curtain. 

  6. Do the same with the second panel and tuck away any loose strings into the end space between the curtain header tape and the curtain for a clean finish. 

  7. You now need to choose which level of the header you’d like to place your hooks.  If you’re using a track we recommend using the bottom level so there is enough fabric above the hooks to hide the track.  Measure the distance between your pole or track and where you want your curtain hem to fall to and then choose the level on your curtain header that will give you the right length.  The bottom option will make your curtains sit higher, the top level will give you a little more length. 

  8. Working out how many curtain rings you have for each curtain, distribute the same number of curtain hooks evenly across the curtains (half on each curtain), threading the hooks up into the tape and positioning them so that the tail of each hook points down so they are nice and secure.  If using a curtain track you simply count the gliders and use the same number of hooks.  You will probably be inserting a hook every 10-15cm along your header tape. 

  9. With the rings in place on the pole, start at one end of one of your panels and attach the hooks to the curtain rings until both your curtain panels are in position. 

  10. Draw your curtains to check they are evenly gathered and fit the space to cover your window nicely. 

  11. Any creases will fall out in a week or so, or you could use a steamer if you have one to hand.   

  12. Sit back and admire with a nice hot cup of tea.